Do Diet Pills Work for Sustained Weight Loss?
We’d like to think that taking a pill or two a day will accelerate our weight reduction regime. Most of the pills on the market are untested, unregulated, and unproven. But are they effective? It depends on who you talk to.
Unfortunately we rely on a pill to do the hard work for us instead of us taking the time to exercise and plan out meals. Pills are the quick fix and probably The American Way. After all, who wouldn’t want to take a pill a day for 2 months and reduce by 30 or 40 pounds.
But are they effective? Over the long term, no, because you have not changed your eating and exercise habits. If those two remain the same, you will become “addicted” to the pills even though the manufacturers might lead you to believe that it’s not possible. My point is, even if they do work, you will need to take them over and over again. The only people who profit from your daily addiction to losing weight is those who make and market the pills. So, yes, technically, you can and will lose weight but at what cost both financially and physically? While the makers claim there is no long term effect on the body, no longitudinal study has been done where they follow patients over the course of a year let along 20 years. These pseudo-drug makers – because that’s essentially what these diet pills and supplements are all about – are in it for the short-term gain. They do not have your back in the long term. Big Pharma doesn’t have your back either but they’re not manufacturing these placebos.
There are certainly better ways to lose weight and be healthier, much better ways.
Fact: Drinking water can help you lose weight.
Drinking two full cups of water may increase the calories you burn by 22–31% for an hour afterward.
When you drink a cup or two of water before meals, it will reduce your calorie intake, especially for middle-aged and older people.
Water is great for weight loss when it replaces other beverages that are high in calories and sugar.
Limit Your Intake of Added Sugar
Eating a lot of added sugar is linked with some of the world’s leading diseases, including heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
On average, Americans eat about 15 teaspoons of added sugar each day. This amount is usually hidden in various processed foods, so you may be consuming a lot of sugar without even realizing it.
Since sugar goes by many names in ingredient lists, it can be very difficult to figure out how much sugar a product actually contains.
Minimizing your intake of added sugar is a great way to improve your diet.
Stock Up on Healthy Foods and Snacks
Studies have shown that the food you keep at home greatly affects weight and eating behavior. It makes sense if you think about it. If I only have “junk” food laying around, guess what I’ll be eating when I get bored?
By always having healthy food available, you reduce the chances of you or other family members eating unhealthy.
There are also many healthy and natural snacks that are easy to prepare and take with you on the go.
These healthy snacks include yogurt, whole fruit, nuts, carrots, and hard-boiled eggs. They are not your typical sugar-coated, extremely fatty snacks that are marketed to us constantly, but they’ll go a long way to promoting a healthier lifestyle than sugar ever could.
Eat Whole, Single-Ingredient Foods
One of the best things you can do to become healthier is to base your diet on whole, single-ingredient foods.
By doing this, you eliminate the vast majority of added sugar, added fat and processed food.
Most whole foods are naturally very filling, making it a lot easier to keep within healthy calorie limits .
Furthermore, eating whole foods also provides your body with the many essential nutrients that it needs to function properly.
Weight loss often follows as a natural “side effect” of eating whole foods.